I've actually really liked my Big Gun. I'm a pretty new creeker, and that things has really taken great care of me in class III-V- in Oregon. If you're interested, I might be willing to part with mine (for the acquisition of a Sniper) after a self-support trip down Loon Creek in the middle of May. I've also had several friends paddle and really like the Big Gun. It seems to be a really safe, forgiving, and super fun boat. The hatch is sweet, and allows you to store almost anything without having to cram it down behind your seat. It has the new outfitting system also which is awesome. Anyway, just my $.02 Good luck in the search!